News:rewired - multimedia journalism

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The presentation I gave on multimedia journalism and audio slideshows at the News:Rewired event in London, January 2010

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News:rewired - multimedia journalism

  1. 1. Multimedia Journalism
  2. 2. Adam Westbrook www.adamwestbrook.co.uk http://adamwestbrook.wordpress.com @AdamWestbrook www.linkedin.com/in/AdamWestbrook http://adamwestbrook.tumblr.com
  3. 4. <ul><li>169 members (so far)
  4. 5. Monthly free meetups in London
  5. 6. A forum for journalists, students, entrepreneurs, academics to thrash ideas
  6. 7. Tangible, practical, inspiring, innovative ideas for the Future of News
  7. 8. www.meetup.com/future-of-news </li></ul>
  8. 10. Multimedia Journalism
  9. 11. Multimedia Journalism video photographs print graphics/data viz audio slideshows podcasts community blogging micro blogging
  10. 12. The Audio Slideshow! Audio mixed with still, rather than moving images Usually 1-6 minutes long The audio is usually better quality than with video The images are usually better quality than with video The paraphernalia of video production is absent....
  11. 13. The Audio Slideshow! Audio mixed with still, rather than moving images Usually 1-6 minutes long The audio is usually better quality than with video The images are usually better quality than with video The paraphernalia of video production is absent.... ...leaving the journalist to focus on the story. *
  12. 15. Audio slideshows are a more practical option for the new multimedia storyteller It's cheaper! It's quicker There's none of the messing around you get with video......
  13. 16. ....and most of all that means you can concentrate on telling a fucking good story...more often..without breaking the bank.
  14. 17. What do you need to create an audio slideshow? 1. A story 2. A character 3. Prospects for good photographs 4. Potential for great audio 5. An audio recorder 6. A digital SLR camera 7. Editing software
  15. 19. The NY Times method: 1. time spent finding good characters 2. characters are pre-interviewed on phone 3. audio producer records interview 4. audio producer edits interview down 5. photographer listens to audio 6. photographer returns to subject and takes relevant photographs 7. audio and images are put together
  16. 20. What next? Watch lots of audio slideshows Challenge yourself to make them regularly – a weekend challenge Get the audio crisp, the photographs awesome – but also focus on your narrative You have no excuse not to go out there and tell stories...so what are you waiting for?

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